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Assembly LineAt Valley View Church, our vision for the worship and creative arts ministry is to be a “sculpturing factory.” The analogy of a factory works especially well in the southwest area of Louisville, where our church is located. Many of our members work at the Ford plants or the major UPS hub nearby, so it’s easy for them to understand and relate to this simple word-picture of our vision.

Below are some particulars, which help explain our “factory” model of ministry:

Products

We have 3 “products” (or goals) that our worship ministry aims to produce:

  1. Quality worship services (based on Psalm 33:3)
  2. Quality worshipers (based on Matthew 28:18)
  3. Quality worship leaders (based on 2 Timothy 2:2)

Chief Operator

The Lord, “the Author and Finisher of our faith,” is the Chief Operator who directs the sculpturing process. He determines the speed of the conveyor belts and the pace that each “product” is produced. (After all, they’re His worship services and His worshipers!)

Conveyor Belts

We have strategies in place, which act as “conveyor belts” moving everything along. These strategic processes rarely change. We believe they are biblical, logical and effective in any situation to produce the results…

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stones“One generation shall commend Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.” – Psalm 145:4

Music is vital to both Old Testament and New Testament worship. One cannot read through the book of Psalms, itself a hymnbook, without seeing the obvious emphasis on music both vocal and instrumental. While the New Testament is fairly quiet in regards to music in the corporate worship service, there are two mentions of its use. I think some will be surprised at the emphasis both of these citations make.

Both references to music in the New Testament Church are echoes of one another by the Apostle Paul to the Ephesians and the Colossians. In his letter to the Ephesians, in chapter 4, in a short section on “walking in love,” Paul ends by commanding that the church be “filled with the Spirit” (vv. 2,17). One of the ways this fullness of the Spirit is evidenced is that people are “addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with heart” (v. 19). So, as a sign of our walking in love with one another, we are…

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Kayla BaileyGuest artist Kayla Bailey leading worship at Grace Hills Church.

What does it mean to worship “in the presence of God”? Sometimes we take our terminology for granted. After all, isn’t God always present everywhere? And in reaction to our feel-good, experience-driven culture, many church leaders conclude that we over-rate the importance of the weekend experience. Perhaps, but I err on the side of thinking that most people still haven’t experienced the fullness of God’s presence in a corporate worship experience.

Perhaps we’re afraid of what God will do if we yield ourselves fully to Him. Or perhaps we’re afraid of what other people will think of us when they see us getting swept up in the moment. Will they accuse us, at least secretly, of showing off? Of being too emotional? Funny how we don’t ask these kinds of questions from the stands while screaming for our football team while waving a giant foam finger.

So what then does it mean to experience God’s presence in a time of worship? I think one of the best explanations I’ve heard recently comes from Jeff Kennedy’s book, The Father, the Son,…

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Part 2 of the series: Building Strong Worshippers

Building Strong Worship LeadersFor the second time this week Joe felt like he had reached the end of his rope. 

As the Worship Pastor in a growing church, he constantly felt overwhelmed and under-prepared.  Regardless of how hard he worked, how early he came into the office, or how many items he crossed off of his list, it seemed he never really got it all done. “If I just had someone to help me,” Joe thought, “then maybe I could at least get a day off this week.” Somehow this wasn’t what he pictured when he felt called to ministry seven years ago.

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Do you know a “Joe”?

Maybe not, but you do know Moses.  And Moses and Joe had a lot in common:  They had more than they could do, and no one to help.

This series on Building Strong Worship Leaders can help you move beyond the “one man show” to invest in and raise up leaders on your team.  This shift is about much more than just enlisting the help of a few others.  It’s a shift in mindset for you as the…

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questionmarkGreg Atkinson recently posted about how his campus is seeking a new Worship Pastor and he posted his list of possible discussion points for the world to read. We considered the list an extremely valuable starting place for a potential interview for any staff position. Here are his 79 questions:

  • What is your definition of worship?
  • Describe what worship looks like and why it’s more that music.
  • What does it mean to live a lifestyle of worship?
  • Do you have a theology of worship?
  • Do you have a personal mission statement?
  • Explain your call to ministry.
  • Explain your specific call to be a lead worshiper.
  • Have you studied at a Bible college or seminary? (this can be both good and bad – as far as seminary)
  • Do you have a good grasp of the Bible, theology and consider yourself to be of sound doctrine?
  • We are a Southern Baptist church with a non-denominational feel (we don’t use “Baptist” in our name and brand ourselves as Forest Park) – however, are you baptistic in your beliefs and in agreement with Baptist doctrine? (This is important to both me and our Senior Pastor)
  • Do you play an instrument? Do you lead from…

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